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In the United States, a prom, short for promenade, is a formal dance held at the end of the years of high school and college, called junior prom and senior prom respectively. In British English such an event would be called a ball, although in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand it is also often called a formal. In Australian schools the terms used are either formal or sometimes as Leaver's Dinner, usually so when the night includes a meal. In Ireland it is known as a debs (an abbreviation of debutante ball). In the U.S. a "formal" is typically a similar dance that is held by a fraternity or sorority affiliated with a certain college or university. In Australia, the term "prom" has also come into sparse usage and in Britain it is becoming widespread, because of US influence. The name is derived from the late ninteenth century practice of a Promenade ball. The end of year tradition stemmed from the Graduation Ball tradition.

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Prom Gloves

History of Prom Gloves

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British and European Ladies in the 13th century began to wear gloves as fashion ornaments. They were made of linen and silk and sometimes reached to the elbow. It was not until the 16th century that they reached their greatest elaboration, however, when Queen Elizabeth I set the fashion for wearing them richly embroidered and jeweled.

The wearing of gloves as a woman's fashion accessory fell out of favor in the latter decades of the 20th century, except that girls still wear gloves as part of "dressy" outfits, such as prom gloves. Ladies gloves for formal and semi-formal wear come in three lengths for women: wrist, elbow, and opera or full-length (over the elbow, reaching to the biceps).

The most expensive are full-length gloves custom-made of kid leather. Satin and stretch satin materials are extremely popular and there are mass-produced varieties well within the average budget.

Gentlemen only wear fashion gloves on the most formal of occasions. This is somewhat subjective, as men also may wear "fashion" gloves outside of white tie occasions. Some find it to be in personal style, to protect their hands from allergens and germs, or to remove themselves from physical contact.

A young man may wear gloves to match his formal attire. Usually boys do this during a debutante's ball or at the prom.

Source: Gloves - Wikipedia

Types of Prom Gloves

If your prom dress features embellishments such as pearl or crystal beading, lace or flowers, you may want to choose a prom glove with similar elements for a more polished look.

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Opera Gloves

Typically 16 inches from the base of the thumb to the upper-arm, opera gloves my extend up to 23 inches.

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Elbow Gloves

Traditionally extends 8 ins. from the base of the thumb. Recently, longer elbow gloves up to 12 ins. have been fashionable.

Classic Gloves

This is considered a standard glove length. The gloves are 4 to 6 inches long and end below the elbow.

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Shortie Gloves

This gloves extends 2 inches from the base of the thumb. This style gives a fresh and feminine look.

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Gauntlet Gloves

Gauntlet gloves allow your entire hand to be open which limits many glove restrictions.

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